*** An amusing Fourth of July poem that celebrates living.
Fourth of July When Life is Simple
Grand Dad used to say, “Life is simple.”
I thought silently, “Yeah, when you’re 90.”
Grand Dad used to say, “Life is good.”
I asked him if it was good all the time.
Grand Dad used to say, “Life goes up and down.
Learn to appreciate it all, even when it doesn’t look good.”
Grand Dad sat on the porch steps, slicing the watermelon.
It was The Fourth of July, his favorite holiday.
He pulled out his pocket knife and poked out the large seeds,
Throwing them hard to the ground and far away into the grass.
He said, “This is how you handle problems when they come.”
We sat in the shade for a while, thinking, and poking the seeds.
Then he put his mouth to the sliced fruit, biting hard into the sugar.
He smiled wide and satisfied, as watermelon juice dribbled down his chin.
“And this is how you engage the sweetness in Life.” Grand Dad said.
And he took another big bite. And, then, so did I.
Now I knew what Grand Dad knew.
Sometimes, Life really is that simple.
Copyright 21 June 2010
All Rights Reserved
* * * Check out the Complete Poem List for more selections.
*** With special thanks to nothingprofound, a fellow blogger, a fun guy who posts aphorisms on his blog, Aphorism Of The Day, that tickle my mind, one of from which this poem sprang (Life is simple... 18 June 2010).
*** For more Fourth of July posts see also:
63 Quotes About Freedom and Liberty: Happy Birthday, America!
How Do We Live Freedom and Liberty? Libations Friday - 2 July 2010
Fourth of July Fireworks Cartoons - 3 July 2010
Dennys Photo Gallery: Fourth of July Watermelon
Cake Tuesday: Red, White and Blueberry Shortcakes
Cake Tuesday: Red, White and Blue Independence Day Cake
Fourth of July fireworks at Pismo Beach, California by puliarf @ flickr
Watermelon quarter close up by ccharmon @ flickr
Pink watermelon by Esther Gibbons @ flickr
Watermelon keys by Torley @ flickr
"Flutter-bye" on watermelon enjoying the sugar by puliarf @ flickr
Watermelon slices by moreno0101 @ flickr
Watermelon on ice by quinn.anya @ flickr
Watermelon seeds by Muffet @ flickr
Watermelon on the sky by mfrascella @ flickr
Eating watermelon with gusto by Jonf729 @ flickr
*** THANKS for visiting, feel welcome to drop a comment or opinion, enjoy bookmarking this post on your favorite social site, a big shout out to awesome current subscribers – and if you are new to this blog, please subscribe in a reader or by email updates!
*** Come by for a visit and check out my other blogs:
The Social Poets
Dennys Global Politics
The Soul Calendar
Beautiful Illustrated Quotations
Poems From A Spiritual Heart
The Healing Waters
Dennys Art Sanctuary
Romancing The Chocolate
Comfort Food From Louisiana
Unusual 2 Tasty
Dennys Blog Feeds
Dennys Funny Quotes
Ouch Outrageous Obnoxious And Odd
denny lyon, Dennys poetry, Fourth of July poems, life poems, spiritual poems, the social poets, art photography, photos of summer, Fourth of July photos, watermelon photos, life poems, Libations Friday, poetry blogs, America poems, social commentary
Poem List: Complete Poem List available above too on tabs bar
- Complete Poem List HERE
- An Audience of One
- A Man In Love
- A Protesters Poem
- A Thought
- Angel Diaries: Samuel
- Angels Left Behind: Orphans of the World
- Bitter Romance in the Garden
- Black Queen Guardian
- Blue Heron Balancing The Wind
- Eyeing Think Time
- Fourth of July When Life is Simple
- Gifts From The Heart, A Christmas Poem
- God Talked
- Honoring Ourselves
- Hope Transforms
- In Passing
- It Isnt In Me
- Jazz Music
- Legacy of Love
- Life Of Words
- Life is About Everything
- Louisiana Summer Sigh
- Love Gift
- Loving You
- Mother Holy Spirit
- New Years Reflection: Wine Glass Abyss
- One Mother and One Child
- Opposites In Love: Night And Day
- Peace Upon The Land
- People Words
- Poem From God
- Pollen Storms
- Rain Blessings
- Release Your Dreams and Spring into Life
- Rock, My Children
- Silent Voice Singing
- Snowing The Perfect Balance
- Stepping Through Life
- Sweltering Summer Heat
- The 11 Choices
- The Heart Remembers
- The Interesting Man
- The International Spy
- The Long Road, An Easter Poem
- The Mystics Arrive
- The Owl Speaks
- The People Seasons
- The Smallest Earth Day Poem
- The Understanding
- Those Funny Memories
- Three Endings and One Beginning
- Vision of The Gardener Prophet
- Walk The World
- Water Of Life
- We Are All Sleeping Beauties
- eye i
- when the angels cry for us